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A recent report from the ACEEE points out that the basic principle of reward as incentive is missing when it comes to energy efficiency in the utility industry.
Date: 01/27/2011
Type: Blog
As emissions reductions estimates and methodologies regarding Smart Grid use vary widely, the EPA suggests a clearinghouse could be created for such data.
Date: 11/06/2009
Type: Article
A report from Lux Research reveals that costly natural gas peaker plants are still winning out over next-generation alternative technologies for helping utilities dealing with peak energy demand.
Date: 07/21/2010
Type: Blog
Installing feed-in tariffs for solar power, where small-scale solar producers can sell their power back to the grid, is gaining popularity in US cities. The policy, accepted by Germany more than a decade ago, has turned the country into a solar powerhouse.
Date: 07/22/2009
Type: Blog
By using flywheel systems to store energy, utilities can coordinate power production and demand.
Date: 07/27/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Flywheels
California's utilities need to produce 20,000-plus megawatts of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Governor Brown wants at least 12,000 megawatts to be decentralized generation. Rooftop and ground-mounted solar will be one of the main technologies used to accomplish this goal.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California’s Governor signed into law a bill that sets mandatory targets for energy storage systems in the utility sector. The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish roadmaps for major electricity providers to procure energy storage systems.
Date: 10/11/2010
Type: News
Beacon Power is working to build a smarter grid with a technology that has been around since Leonardo Da Vinci's time. Here is how the simple, ubiquitous flywheel may become the next best hope for the U.S. electric grid.
Date: 11/24/2009
Type: Article
IBM and Cisco have partnered with a Dutch utility to create a 500 home test program for a large-scale smart grid in Amsterdam. The pilot will enable consumers to make choices about their energy use and help utilities understand how to implement smart grid technology in urban areas.
Date: 07/14/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid
California uses significantly less energy per capita than the rest of the US because of incentives implemented by the state.
Date: 05/20/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Utilities

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